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Coleman County man sentenced for shooting at aircraft

Published On: Mar 12 2013 07:08:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 12:13:43 PM CDT


A Coleman County man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting at a crop dusting plane.

James Cate, 69, was sentenced by a Lubbock federal judge. Cate pleaded guilty to making a threat to an aircraft.

The incident happened in February of last year.  Cate shot at a plane that was crop dusting near his land in Talpa.  One of his shots hit and damaged the plane.  The pilot was uninjured. 

Cate also has to pay a $297,000 fine.